Sugarland Co-founder Kristin Hall Sues Former Bandmates Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush
- Sugarland co-founder Kristen Hall is suing former bandmates Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush for $1.5 million. Hall claims that she had an agreement with Nettles and Bush to share profits after she left the band but has not received her portion of Sugarland’s earnings. (more coverage on Law.com)
- Brady wrote a quick recap of an acoustic performance at the Cactus Cafe here in Austin on Wednesday night that brought together the peachy Georgia harmonies of The Wrights and the East Texas twang of Sunny Sweeney. Definitely one of the coolest song swaps I’ve attended. Check it out in the forums.
- In case you didn’t catch the addition in yesterday’s news roundup, Dixie Chick Emily Robison has finalized her divorce from singer-songwriter Charlie Robison.
- Big Machine Records announced that Taylor Swift‘s new album, titled Fearless, will be out on Nov. 11.
In addition, Swift will launch a new Web site, www.TheTaylorNation.com, on Aug. 22, where the album will be available for pre-sale. A limited-edition box set edition, featuring a CD, leather bracelet, T-shirt, picture book and decal, will also be available. The first 10,000 fans to purchase the boxed set and upload their photos will have their pictures included in a mosaic image in the album artwork and on the CD.
- On the eve of the release of his new movie, Beer for My Horses, Toby Keith is defending his hit song of the same name. The dust-up started with an item on the Huffington Post that called the song “a racially-tinged, explicitly pro-lynching anthem” and compared the narrative to the Jim Crow South and the infamous execution of Leo Frank, alleged killer of Mary Phagan. The blogger, Max Blumenthal, repeated those criticism in a subsequent post that also blasted Keith for commenting on the Glen Beck radio program that Barack Obama “don’t talk, act or carry himself as a black person.” Keith responded by arguing that: “It (“Beer for my Horses”) is about the old west and horses and sheriffs and posses and going and getting the bad guys. It’s not a racist thing or about lynching. The song was a hit and the words lynch and racism has never come up until this moron wrote this blog.”
- Speaking of Beer for My Horses, Toby Keith tells The Tennessean that he wrote the movie because he doesn’t like typical Hollywood fare: “Hollywood doesn’t do movies that are often made in the South. Most of them, it’s like right ear, left ear — New York and Los Angeles — and everything in the middle is dead.”
- Chet Flippo says the soon-to-be-released “Mother’s Best” recordings from Hank Williams show a more accessible, down-to-earth side of the legendary singer.
The 143 “Mother’s Best” recordings do much more than just about double his known recorded output of songs. They demonstrate his range and taste in music, which goes far beyond the songs that are usually identified with him.
- Jewel officially went off the market yesterday when she eloped with her rodeo-star boyfriend Ty Murray to the Bahamas where they were wed in a private ceremony.
- Check out Wade Bowen‘s new single, “You Had Me At My Best,” on his MySpace page.
- Doug Freeman did a joint review for the latest Copperhead Road and Stardust reissues from Steve Earle and Willie Nelson, marking their respective 20 and 30-year anniversaries.
- Yesterday we linked to Squinty Dan’s call for books on the subject of country music and he received numerous suggestions, so we’re linking to it again so you can go check them out and maybe find a book or two that strikes your fancy. I’ll probably be picking a couple of them up myself.
- Lee Ann Womack‘s new album, Call Me Crazy, is scheduled for an Oct. 21 release.
- Rainmaker Productions and McCoury Music are holding a “Living In Moneyland” contest for anyone who wants to create and submit a video for one of the songs on the recently released Moneyland album, featuring songs from Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart, Chris Knight and many more artists. Each winner in the different song categories will win $250 with $2,500 going to the best overall video and television exposure for all the winning videos.
- Download songs from Trisha Yearwood, Randy Owen, The Lost Trailers, Jimmy Wayne, Heidi Newfield, Jamey Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Jennifer Hanson, Steve Azar, Carter’s Chord and Shooter Jennings for free, courtesy of People magazine. (via NashvilleGab)
- Original plans to have the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame open by the end of 2008 have been delayed. New estimates project a late 2009 opening to the public.
- Rosanne Cash turned her performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall into more than just a concert. She opened with a short video about her ancestors titled “Mariners and Musicians,” followed by some of her own songs (mostly from Black Cadillac), covers of her father’s songs and others from a list of 100 essential country songs that her father put together and gave her when she was eighteen. NPR has the audio from the “Mariners and Musicians” video along with eleven of the songs she performed. Excellent stuff.
- Also from NPR is this killer acoustic set from Ray Wylie Hubbard on Mountain Stage.
- luckyoldsun: Jim Z-- I get the feeling Barry was this close to calling you what Kinky Friedman called his guy from El …
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...